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Document ID (ISN)78455
CIS number 02-725
ISSN - Serial title 1641-9251 - International Maritime Health
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nielsen D., Hansen H.L., Gardner B.M., Jungnickel D.
Title Deaths due to disease of seafarers on board Singapore ships
Bibliographic information 2000, Vol. 51, No.1/4, p.20-29. 16 ref.
Abstract 373 deaths occurred on board Singapore ships between 1986 and 1995. The mean annual mortality rate for deaths due to all causes was 26.5 and due to disease was 4.9 per 10,000 seafarers (69 cases) respectively. More than 65% (n=45) of the deaths were from circulatory diseases commonly associated with life-style factors, but only 24 cases had a specific and 9 cases had an unspecific diagnosis confirmed by a medical practitioner. 32 seafarers died of a sudden death whereas 17 seafarers died on board after a short illness. In only two cases was it reported that Radio Medical advice had been sought indicating either a lack of concern of the ship's management or a lack of knowledge or information on the availability of such services. Eight of the seafarers who died on board had seen a doctor and been declared fit to stay on board, pointing to deficiencies in the port medical services or pressures on port doctors to avoid a costly repatriation.
Descriptors (primary) occupational diseases; Singapore; fatalities; sea transport; ships
Descriptors (secondary) responsibilities of employers; statistical trends; role of management; health services; medical examinations; harbours
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceHong Kong; Germany; Denmark; United Kingdom
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Water transportation